AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 7, 2014) – The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame has announced its class of five inductees for 2014. This year’s inductees are Bob Bondurant, Marshall Chesrown, Ron Eaton, Steve Page and Mike Skinner.
“The class of inductees for 2014 features five very talented and well-known individuals, with varied backgrounds in the motorsports industry,” said Hall of Fame Board Chairman Ken Clapp. “Each of these gentlemen has been tremendously successful in his endeavor in the sport. We look forward to welcoming them as members of the Hall.”
The 2014 class will be inducted during a gala event at the Meritage Resort in Napa, Calif., on June 19. The event is in conjunction with the NASCAR weekend at Sonoma Raceway, which features the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on June 21 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on June 22.
- Bondurant, whose resume includes racing in nine F1 World Championship Grand Prix events, is best known for the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Graduates of his school include some of NASCAR’s top drivers.
- Chesrown, a Denver automobile dealer, had a significant impact on the racing industry as both a track owner/operator and the owner of championship racing teams. He purchased and modernized Colorado National Speedway, just north of Denver. As a team owner, Chesrown and driver Rick Carelli won championships in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (1993) and former NASCAR Southwest Tour (1991). They also teamed for three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victories.
- Eaton of Tacoma, Wash., scored 11 wins and 14 poles in 61 starts as a driver/owner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West between 1973 and 1991. While he never competed full time in the K&N West, Eaton did win three championship in the former NASCAR Northwest Tour (1986, 1988 and 1995), where he had 41 victories. He also had one win in the NASCAR Southwest Tour.
- Page joined Sonoma Raceway as President and General Manager in 1991, after 11 years working in marketing and special events for baseball’s Oakland Athletics – where, among other responsibilities — he served as coordinator for the 1987 MLB All-Star Game. He was the principal advocate for Sonoma Raceway’s $100 million modernization project, which transformed it into one of the premier motor racing venues in the country. Page is involved with numerous community activities, as well as serving on the board of directors of Speedway Children’s Charities.
- Skinner of Susanville, Calif., won the inaugural event and first championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995. He graduated to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1997, winning the pole for the Daytona 500. He went on to register a career-best second-place finish in 286 starts in the Sprint Cup Series. In the NASCAR Nationwide Series, meanwhile, he had one win and three poles in 53 starts. Skinner returned in 2004 to the truck series – where he accumulated 28 wins and 50 poles in 231 starts.
The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, which inducted its inaugural class in 2002, was founded in 2001. It memorializes significant contributors to the sport’s development and history – including designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, racetrack owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.
For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com. To obtain details about table sponsorship for the 2014 awards dinner, contact Jenniffer Wentzel at 623-463-5400.